It’s Time to Start Saving on Cisco Catalyst 4900M Switch Maintenance

Cisco announced that several of its products will be EOS during the next six months, including the popular top-of-rack Cisco Catalyst 4900M switch (Oct. 30, 2016).

But, increasingly, particularly once Cisco’s EOS is in effect, users don’t see the value in subscribing to their expensive SMARTnet maintenance program just to receive infrequent, low priority software updates until EoL.

Instead, Worldwide Supply’s NetGuard Maintenance offers SMARTnet’s same level of support and services–but at a cost saving of at least 50%.

Your (EoL) Network Equipment Can Live on After the OEM Declares It D.O.A.

Maintaining Your Catalyst 4900M Switch Makes Sense

Many enterprises still use the 4900M, and for good reason—

While this switch has been in action for several years, it still plays a useful role in space constrained deployments requiring:

  • High performance wire speed services
  • High availability
  • Modular flexibility of deploying Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet, within a small 2RU form factor

As part of the branch switching portfolio, the Cisco 4900M provides wire-speed services required for a collapsed LAN, core-distribution deployment.

With a unique semi-fixed architecture, it offers the flexibility to deploy Gigabit Ethernet immediately, but also cost-effectively migrate to10 Gigabit Ethernet as the network evolves over time.

There are several interesting white papers in circulation about the 4900M if you’d like to delve into the merits of this popular switch.

But as of October 30, 2016, Cisco’s EOS means you’ll be getting a call from your rep any day now, letting you know it’s time to get out the check approval form to:

  1. Upgrade your switches
  2. Sign-up for SMARTnet

But these aren’t your only choices to protect your 4900M for years to come.

Worldwide Supply Specializes in Network Equipment Maintenance

Worldwide Supply’s NetGuard Maintenance provides top-tier third-party maintenance on end-to-end networking and data center equipment – switches, routers, servers, optics, telephony and storage.

Best of all, we’ll partner with you to create a customized network maintenance plan that satisfies your unique budget and performance requirements.

Keep in mind, NetGuard doesn’t just cover Cisco hardware—we cover more than 20 other network equipment brands as well.

NetGuard Maintenance SLA offers:

  • Remote or on-site technical support
  • Advanced hardware replacement service (in addition to supporting any additional hardware purchasing requirements)
  • The ability to bundle equipment from multiple OEMs into a single comprehensive maintenance contract
  • A certified engineering team with 30+ years of hands-on experience
  • Global product and service centers offer guaranteed field support beginning as soon as next business day or as soon as 4-hour on-site spare & hardware exchanges to most areas

Cisco ISR G1 Service Router is Also EOS on October 31, 2016

Your Global NetGuard Support Team is Prepared to Respond Today

Worldwide Supply’s global service centers make it possible for us to reach every major market in the world within 24 hours.

A hand-picked team, devoted specifically to your company’s unique needs, will be ready to deploy when you need us, speaking your team’s preferred language.

Find Out More about Third-Party NetGuard Maintenance

Our team of system engineers and certified network technicians supports large multi-site systems and smaller compact networks.

We welcome an opportunity to talk more about your domestic or global network maintenance needs and how your IT department can achieve truly very significant cost savings while receiving outstanding network and equipment support.

Call the Worldwide Supply team at (888) 328-2266 or email us at to discuss your network system maintenance needs.

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